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A conspirator guilty of having threatened to kill François Legault on TikTok

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Jimmy Brodeur at the Quebec courthouse on January 22, 2024

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A resident of Donnacona, anti -sanitary measures, admits to having threatened to kill Prime Minister François Legault and the national director of public health at the height of the pandemic.

Jimmy Brodeur, who was to stand trial on Monday at the Quebec courthouse, finally admitted that his comments published on the social network TikTok constituted threats.

They are terrible, commented Judge Mario Tremblay after hearing the charges against the 43-year-old man.

A cybercrime agent from the Sûreté du Québec became interested in Jimmy Brodeur in September 2022, when he commented on a TikTok video showing the national director of public health, Luc Boileau.

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If I have a gun, I'll shoot him in the head,” the forty-year-old then wrote about Dr. Boileau, claiming to be a shooter. elite.

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The accused Jimmy Brodeur at the Quebec courthouse on January 22, 2024

Investigators will then visit Brodeur's TikTok profile to discover 160 videos that he has published, including five where they perceive threatening comments.

In one of them, after having indicated that a bullet costs less than prison, he says he understands why François Legault wears a bulletproof vest, while making remarks that are not complimentary about him.

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From left to right: Luc Boileau, national director of public health, Prime Minister François Legault and Christian Dubé, Minister of Health, at a press conference in spring 2022.

In another publication, he also says he is capable of taking them all down after talking about Justin Trudeau, Geneviève Guilbault, doctors in general and Horacio Arruda, former national director of public health .

He states in another video that we must go to parliament and that he will be the first forward to open the way.

The father of a ten-year-old child explained his behavior by adjusting his medication while he was depressed.

Things were not going well in my life, confided Jimmy Brodeur, apologizing to the court and elected officials.

They also have children, Judge Tremblay pointed out, recalling that several politicians are leaving this increasingly difficult environment.

As sentence, the prosecutor, Me Valérie Bélizaire-Joseph, asked to impose community work on Jimmy Brodeur as part of probation. The man would thus end up with a criminal record.

For his part, the one who is a computer technician for the Quebec University Hospital is rather asking for a conditional discharge in order to keep his job.

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Jimmy Brodeur at the Quebec courthouse, January 22, 2024

Jimmy Brodeur has already benefited from such a measure after breaking a Purell dispenser in a community center in Donnacona.

Judge Tremblay will pronounce his sentence Tuesday regarding the death threats.

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